California Secretary of State Launches #BoostTheVote

Dozens of commenters already have weighed in on Padilla’s website. Ideas include weekend elections, all vote by mail, and making Election Day a state holiday.

by Matt Williams / January 9, 2015
Secretary of State Alex Padilla Flickr/Latino Leaders Network
Secretary of State Alex Padilla Flickr/Latino Leaders Network

Secretary of State Alex Padilla is calling on the public to share their ideas for increasing voter participation, using the hashtag #BoostTheVote.

“The turnout in last November’s election was a historic low for California. We can do better. That’s why I’m asking for your help,” Padilla said in a video released Wednesday. Turnout for registered voters was just 18 percent. Typically turnout reaches into the 30s or 40s.
 
Ideas can be shared on social media or at alex-padilla.com. Dozens of commenters already have weighed in on Padilla’s website. Ideas include weekend elections, all vote by mail and making Election Day a state holiday.
 
In his swearing-in ceremony on Monday, Padilla said improving voter participation was one of his top priorities, along with making it easier to start a business in California, and protecting voting rights.
 

This story was originally published by TechWire

 

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